It’s a good thing to have a sushi near me in New York as it’s the one dish that perks me up whenever I feel the need to lose some weight, but not lose energy. Although it’s not really recommended as a weigh loss diet, it’s a weight loss-friendly alternative for people who sometimes need to watch what they eat to avoid weight gain.

After all, a piece of sushi alone is a bite-size serving of vinegar rice and a sliver of fish with or without some bits of vegetables. When it’s still too early in the day to have a proper meal I find it effective to consume at least 3 up to 5 pieces of low fiber, low protein sushi to reduce my cravings for food.

However, the number of sushi rolls to eat actually depends on the size and the type of sushi you order. A person who isn’t weight-conscious can eat as many as 10 pieces of sushi or more, if looking to consume the rolls as a complete meal.

Another caveat is for people who have to cut down on their sugar intakes because most modern sushi recipes call for the addition of sugar to the sushi rice. Not a few recipes for sushi rolls require at least three to four teaspoons (about 11 to 15 grams of sugar as part of the vinegar concoction added to the sushi rice. Consider also that rice is a rich source of carbohydrates that can instantly spike up blood sugar.

A Close Look at How Sush Rice is Prepared

Since rice is a major ingredient of a sushi dish, it’s interesting to find out if there is any particular type of rice grain considered as ideal for sushi purposes.

Even if young Japanese chefs have taken over as head sushi chefs in Japanese restaurants, they still use Japanese short grain rice to make sushi rolls. The short grain variety is acknowledged as having a stickier consistency when cooked. The stickiness is important to prevent the rice from falling.

Sushi rice is different from ordinary cooked rice because mild vinegar, salt and sugar mixture is added after the cooked rice has cooled down.

The reason why a vinegar solution is added to the cooked rice is to even out the sweet, sour and salty taste once all sushi ingredients have been combined. Besides, the vinegar in the rice will help prevent the raw taste of fish from overpowering the palate, while keeping each roll fresh-tasting.

The best way to achieve a mild-flavored vinegar rice is to heat the vinegar solution in the microwave for about 30 seconds before adding it to the cooked rice. Heating will ensure all salt and sugar ingredients have been dissolved. After which, the best way to add the vinegar solution is to use a spoon then incorporate it by folding it into the rice. That way, the vinegar solution will be distributed evenly across all grains of rice.

But then again, since Sushi Sushi, the sushi near me makes and delivers budget-friendly and delicious sushi, I simply don’t bother attempting to cook my own sushi.